Producers of ABC's hit shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are being taken to court for racial discrimination.
Two African-American men are set to file a class-action lawsuit against the network, the producers of the two shows, and executive producer/creator Mike Fleiss, reports TMZ.com
The two men, Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks, claim that when they went to a hotel in Nashville, Tenn. to audition to the show they were excluded from the show's "normal audition process" and were never called back.
The two shows, which have run for a combined 23 seasons, have never featured an African-American in either of the title roles.
E! Online reports that Entertainment Weekly interviewed Fleiss last year and inquired about the show's racial inequality.
"We really tried [for a racially diverse cast], but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism... We always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it's just that for whatever reason, they don't come forward. I wish they would," he explained.
The two men plan to file the suit on Wednesday, followed by a press conference.